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How to Add or Remove Common Desktop Icons in Windows 10

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Windows includes the common This PC (aka: Computer), User's Files, Network, Recycle Bin, and Control Panel shortcuts that you can add or remove as icons on your desktop.

This tutorial will how you to add or remove common desktop icons for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Add or Remove Common Desktop Icons in Settings app
  • Option Two: To Add or Remove Common Desktop Icons using a REG file



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Add or Remove Default Desktop Icons in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Add or Remove Default Desktop Icons in Windows 10
To Add or Remove Common Desktop Icons in Settings app

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

2. Click/tap on Themes on the left side, and click/tap on the Desktop icon settings link on the right side under Related Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3. You can now close Settings if you like.

4. Check (add) or uncheck (remove) the Desktop icons you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Add or Remove Default Desktop Icons in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Add or Remove Default Desktop Icons in Windows 10
To Add or Remove Common Desktop Icons using a REG file

1. Do step 2 (This PC), step 3 (User's Files), step 4 (Network), step 5 (Recycle Bin), and/or step 6 (Control Panel) below for the desktop icons you want to add or remove from your desktop.


 2. To Add or Remove This PC Desktop Icon

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Add_This-PC_Desktop_Icon.reg

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Remove_This-PC_Desktop_Icon.reg

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 3. To Add or Remove User's Files Desktop Icon

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Add_Users_Files_Desktop_Icon.reg

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Remove_Users_Files_Desktop_Icon.reg

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 4. To Add or Remove Network Desktop Icon

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Add_Network_Desktop_Icon.reg

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Remove_Network_Desktop_Icon.reg

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 5. To Add or Remove Recycle Bin Desktop Icon

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Add_Recycle_Bin_Desktop_Icon.reg

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Remove_Recycle_Bin_Desktop_Icon.reg

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 6. To Add or Remove Control Panel Desktop Icon

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

Add_Control_Panel_Desktop_Icon.reg

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Remove_Control_Panel_Desktop_Icon.reg

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7. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

8. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

9. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

10. Refresh (F5) your desktop to apply.

11. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






That's it,
Shawn